Turn 10 Studios have had a pretty difficult time with the Forza Motorsport franchise finally arriving on the Windows 10 operating platform, but things are set to get even more incomprehensibly stupefying. Originally treading water in the strange, new world of purpose-built PC simulators with a light version of Forza Motorsport 6 dubbed Forza 6: Apex – which was intended to be little more than a fleshed-out tech demo – Turn 10 have followed the abysmal release of Forza Horizon 3 for the PC with additional paid downloadable content for Forza 6: Apex.
That’s right, the glorified tech demo that generally disappointed those who took the time to try it out, featuring barely any content whatsoever compared to its Xbox One counterpart, now boasts two individual car packs alongside the inclusion of Germany’s Nurburgring Nordschleife – all of which pieces of add-on content you’ll have to pay for.
It’s a bit of a questionable practice for a franchise that fell flat on its face not once, but twice. Forza Motorsport 6: Apex did not even feature dedicated steering wheel support at launch, and by the time hardcore sim racers were finally blessed with a product they could merely use their plastic wheels with – albeit poorly, Forza Horizon 3 landed on store shelves as a buggy and unplayable mess, where users were banned from online elements for running third party performance tweaks in the background just to get a stable framerate, and intrusive downloadable content plans reached even further into the wallets of seasoned Forza players. Both Turn 10 and Playground Games are still yet to rectify the problems plaguing each of their respective current entries in the Forza franchise, but it’s still full steam ahead for more downloadable content.
A slap to the face for consumers? I’d say so. Here you have a franchise that many were eagerly looking forward to arriving on the PC platform, and every other week it seems there’s a new way to display how the entire endeavor has been mismanaged from the start. Forza Motorsport 6: Apex was meant to be an elaborate tech demo, and there’s absolutely nothing compelling about the game to warrant users to spend upwards of $20 for an extra thirty minutes of playtime. Again, Apex was not a proper Forza release with a massive Career to progress through, nor does it come loaded with all of the fun customization elements or even an online segment that have really come to define the full-featured releases on the Xbox family of gaming consoles. Microsoft and Turn 10 are literally selling paid DLC for a singleplayer demo of Forza on the PC.
This stupidity is further enhanced by some of the special editions of Forza Horizon 3 that are offered at select retailers – in some instances asking upwards of $120 for the complete set of upcoming downloadable content and additional expansions. Consumers, quite frankly, are Forza’d-out; they don’t want to spend any more money on Forza games for a while, and yet here comes Microsoft trying to nickel and dime their audience by offering paid DLC for a demo. Are you obligated to buy it? No, of course not. But the mere statement Microsoft and Turn 10 have made with these premium packages indicates these guys aren’t bringing Forza to the PC in an effort to go toe to toe with the established names that have dominated the sim racing landscape; they’re here to make a quick buck, and really don’t give a shit as to how they do it.